After the pouring rain at the beginning of March, several parishes in Louisiana were flooded, and hundreds of people displaced.
However, Lincoln Parish banded together as a community to help those in need, and on top of all of the donated clothes, food and time, there were two entities in Lincoln Parish that stepped up to help our fellow Louisianans.
Shortly after the flooding began, David Abernathy, northern region’s disaster relief regional coordinator for Louisiana Baptist, was asked to not only take over the disaster relief for North Louisiana, but the whole state.
Here a change; there a change; everywhere a change-change! That’s how educators are feeling right now when we think of our profession. With our state legislature presently in session, it is difficult to know exactly what changes may impact our educational system for the next school year. As decisions are being made in Baton Rouge, many of the people making those decisions are not aware of changes that will occur with school leaders, teachers, students and communities. Hopefully, as these officials are voting, they will remember Winston Churchill’s famous quote about change during World War II, “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”
I recently had the opportunity to see Mickey Gilley when he visited our area. The country music artist delivered a powerhouse performance that recapped the highlights of his iconic career. In doing so, he reminded us that he will be forever associated with a defining cultural touchstone: the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy.”
As he performed landmark songs from the movie’s soundtrack, I found myself reminiscing about the film. The next morning I pulled an old VHS tape of it from my stash and began watching it as I pedaled away on my stationary bike.
That in turn caused my focus to turn to the film’s legendary star.
For eight years during the late 60s and early 70s, I lived in Homer. This was a special time since I learned while living there that my roots are firmly planted in that Claiborne Parish town. I knew my great grandfather was a preacher long ago somewhere in north Louisiana, I just never knew where. You can imagine my surprise when after joining First Baptist Church there to learn that my granddad’s father was once pastor of that church way back around 1870.